What Has SEMA Done for You Lately?

Toyota HiLux Measuring Opportunity Extended for Another Year

By SEMA Editors

Bushwacker’s Kenneth Merritt’s impression of the International Vehicle Program and the SEMA Garage.

Two years ago, SEMA’s International Vehicle Measuring Program purchased and made available to members two vehicles that are popular overseas, but not available in the United States or Canada. The program, made possible in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce, is designed to allow SEMA-member manufacturers to measure and test-fit parts for those vehicles and participate in export markets. The two vehicles, the Ford Ranger T6 and Toyota HiLux pickups, are sold in the millions abroad.

To date, more than 200 SEMA members have measured and/or requested CAD data for both the Ford Ranger T6 and Toyota HiLux, and more companies have applied for access. As a result, the SEMA International department has worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to gain approval for another year-long waiver for the Toyota HiLux. Temporary imports are allowed into the United States for one year with two possible one-year extensions and, thus, the truck can remain in the United States until June 21, 2015. At that point the vehicle must be re-exported or destroyed.

The Association will also apply for a similar waiver for the South African-built Ford Ranger T6 in December. There is a steady stream—even a wait list—for member manufacturers to measure the two trucks and another year for each would provide access for many more members to measure the vehicles or to conduct fitment tests.

The vehicles are available for a day, a week or even longer as the schedule allows. Contact Rachael Salazar at 909-978-6744 or rachaels@sema.org to sign up for access to either vehicle.

The next vehicle to be purchased and imported with SEMA’s grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will be a Mitsubishi L200 pickup. The L200 is scheduled to arrive at the SEMA Garage – Industry Innovations Center in Diamond Bar, California, this fall. As with all of the vehicles in this program, SEMA will import the Mistubishi L200, which is popularly accessorized around the world but not sold in the United States, to allow members further access to hard-to-obtain vehicles in order to develop export-ready products. To date, Mitsubishi is reporting global sales for the L200 (known as the Triton in certain markets) as exceeding 1.1 million units sold. The truck, available since 2006, is sold in 158 countries; however, it is not sold in the United States or Canada.

Among the SEMA-member companies that have measured the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger T6:

3D Carbon
 Road Armor  
3D Infotech
 Extreme Landcruiser
 Rosen Entertainment  
 EZ Connector
 Rugged Liner  
 Fab Fours 
 S&B Filters  
Ace Alloy Wheel
 Scosche Industries  
ACEC LLC Firestone Industrial Products
Adrian Steel
 FMS Automotive/ATS Design
 Sharpline Converting Inc.  
Advanced FLOW Engineering
 Four Stroke Design
 Skyjacker Suspensions  
Adventure Trailers Inc.
 Fox Racing Shox
Agri-Cover Inc.
 Squash Performance  
Air Lift
 Heat Shield Products
 Stainless Steel Brakes  
Airaid Filter Company
 Heide Performance Products
 Stampede Products  
Altair Engineering
 Hellwig Products Co.
Amercian Expedition Vehicles (AEV)
 Steelmate USA  
American Eagle Wheel Corp.
 Husky Liners
American Tire Distributors
 ICON Vehicle Dynamics
AMP Research
 INNO Advanced Car Racks
 Superlift Suspension Systems  
Anzo USA
 Jotto Desk
Applied Product/Retrax
 JRi Shocks
 T-Rex Grilles  
ARS Global
 K&N Engineering Inc.
 TAP Worldwide LLC dba Pro Comp  
ATC Truck Covers
 TD3 Products  
Auto Meter Products Inc.
 King Shock Technology
 Tenneco Inc./Rancho Suspension  
Auto Sport Wiring
 Konig Wheels 
Auto Trim-Cle
 Lloyd Design Corp.
 Timbren Industries Inc.  
B&W Trailer Hitches
 Lund International
 TJM – North America  
BACKRACK INC. Magnaflow Exhaust  TMI Products/Vizualogic  
 Marquez Design  Trail-Gear Inc.  
BDS Suspension
 MasterCraft Safety Trail-R-Van Inc.  
 Maxtrac Suspension Transfer Flow Inc.  
Bestop MBRP Traser Design  
Black Art Designs, North America Inc.
 McGard LLC  Trek Armor  
 MGP Caliper Covers  Truck Covers USA  
Bushwacker Inc.
 Mishimoto  Truck Group  
Caliper Covers
 Mitchell  TruckVault Inc.  
Carlisle Tire & Wheel
 MKW ALLOY INC. Truxxx  
 Murphy Auto Museum TSW Alloy Wheels  
Cequent Electrical Products
 N-FAB  U.S. Rack Inc.  
Cequent Performance Products
 OEM Audio Plus  Ultra Wheel Co. 
Cimble Corp.
 Omix-ADA Inc.  Ursa Minor Vehicles  
 Owens Products  Vizualogic  
 Paramount Automotive  Voxx Products  
CR Laurence
 Penda Corp.  Wamar Technologies 
Curt Mfg.
 Performance Design LLC  Warrior Products   
Custom Wheel Solutions, Nutek and Bavaria Wheels
 Performance Wholesale  Weathertech  
DEE Engineering/PROTHANE
 Pittman Outdoors  Weld Racing LLC 
Dee Zee Mfg.
 PMLI  Western Mfg.  
Defender Woxx
 Polymer Process Development Westin Automotive Products  
Delta Tech Industries
 Precision Fit Seat Covers  Wet Okole Hawaii  
 Prestige Autotech Corp.  Wheel Consultants  
Directed Electronics
 Prestolite Performance  Wheel Pros  
Doug Thorley Headers
 Pro Comp Suspensions  Whiteline Automotive  
 Protech  Wilwood Engineering  
EchoMaster LLC
 Radflo Suspension Technology Winfield Consumer Products/Husky Liners 
 ReadyLIFT Suspension Inc. 
 Wise Co.  
 Retrax Truck Bed Covers    

Recently, Bushwacker’s Vice President of Export Markets Kenneth Merritt took advantage of the International Vehicle Measuring Program, visiting the SEMA Garage and performing a test fitment of several new products custom designed for the Ford Ranger T6. The new products were designed based on measurements taken earlier this year. His thoughts appear in the video above.

For information on the International Vehicle Measuring Program, contact Linda Spencer at lindas@sema.org. For information about the SEMA Garage, contact Mike Spagnola at mikes@sema.org. To measure the Toyota HiLux or Ford Ranger, contact Rachael Salazar at rachaels@sema.org.